HOMETOWN HEROES (feat. FEMDOT)
The shit-stained footprint left by recent events has been looming heavy in the music world. Musicians, as they have been known to do, are using their unique medium to birth subversive, socially-charged anthems to reflect the times. However, just as with any music, certain songs resonate with each of us individually more than others. For example, “Drowning” by Mick Jenkins can bring me to tears but it may have a completely different perception in another’s eyes.
Earlier this week, I found what may be my favorite work in that vein–Frank Leone & Femdot‘s “Hometown Heroes.” Often times in rap collaboration, verses feel competitive but, in this case, the two Chicago emcees complement each other flawlessly: each telling a different story and the same one simultaneously. While the lyrics truly do express the burden of oppression, it is the recognition that it is a shared one that makes it so poignant.
As an Arab-American raised in a Muslim household, I was personally moved by FEMDOT’s verse, but Frank’s opening verse only crystallizes further in the context. The song’s ability to encompass women’s rights, LGBT rights, the abhorrent prison system and fear of immigrants presents a truly united front–showing that the youth really are aware and ready to act for change.
It’s a bit easier to show than tell in this case, so I’ve highlighted a few of my favorite bars below.
I couldn’t love this more–the redirection of perceived anger and aggression within rap music subverts stereotypes without even trying. Straight from the heart.
Yet another defiant declaration against something that is inching, faster than I’d like, towards reality.
Check out what Frank had to say below and give it a spin above. If the song hits 10k plays, he’ll be putting out a free download so make sure to share if you’re digging it!